Faculty of Fine Arts

Department of Music
Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Funk & Rap
FA/MUSI 1520 6.0


YORK UNIVERSITY
TESTS
TEST 3
 

There are 3 tests that cover material covered in the lectures. During the lectures various songs are played and historical facts discussed that relate to these artists and their music. You can be tested on any of these facts so it is imperative that notes be taken during the lectures. These tests are listening tests where songs are played in their entirety and you are required to write data about the songs on pre-printed examination sheets. TEST NOTES

  • These are live listening tests that cannot be run again for absent students. There is no "make-up" test for this class. Missing a test can result in a mark of zero.
  • Tests are multiple-choice and conducted with Scantron forms.
  • You must have a pencil and eraser to complete the test effectively and efficiently.
  • There are no half-marks for partially correct answers. Therefore, misspelled artist and song names will result in a mark of zero for those components.
  • The test will last approximately 30 minutes
  • Unless mentioned, there is no lecture following a test.
  • All students must remain seated until the exam has concluded.
  • Songs may not be replayed for students arriving late.
  • There is to be no talking during the test.
  • Any student caught cheating will receive a mark of zero for the test and reported to the Music Department.
  • No paper, bottle, cellphone, bag, purse or objects of any kind is allowed on your desk.
  • No electronic devices of any kind are to be accessed or allowed on your desk.
  • There must be at least one empty chair on between you and any student in the same row.
  • You are responsible for being in the examination room at least 5 minutes before class time.
  • Test marks are posted in approximately 2 weeks after the examination.

TEST 1
[Worth 10% of your final mark]

  • Coverage: First five lectures [Blues, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole and Ray Charles]
  • Number of songs: 10
  • Likely question components:
    • Song Name
    • Artist Name
    • Style Genre
    • Year [multiple choice] 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s
    • At least 1 context question [something mentioned in class about the artist, song or people connected to this song]

TEST 2
[Worth 15% of your final mark]

  • Coverage: Second five lectures [Doo Wop, 1960s]
  • Number of songs: 10
  • Question Components:
    • Song Name
    • Artist Name
    • Style Genre
    • Record Label [multiple choice] Motown/Tamla, Stax/Volt, Epic, Brunswick, King
    • Year [multiple choice] 1954-56, 1957-59, 1960-63, 1964-66, 1967-69
    • At least 2 Context questions

TEST 3
[Worth 15% of your final mark]

  • Coverage: Last seven lectures [1970's and Disco]
  • Number of songs: 11
  • Question Components:
    • Song Name
    • Artist Name
    • Style Genre
    • Record Label [multiple choice] Motown/Tamla, Epic, Casablanca, Philly Int'l, Atlantic
    • Year [multiple choice] 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975-79
    • At least 2 Context questions
  • Question 11 contains up 20 additional context questions about a single song.
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